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By Riot Hlatshwayo | Nov 12, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE Nkomazi Business Forum has called on the national government to "immediately" investigate allegations of corruption against councillors at the Nkomazi municipality.

The allegations range from having front companies - with contracts to fence graveyards and operate water tankers to supply water paid for by the municipality.

A memorandum handed to Nkomazi mayor Johan Mavuso after a protest march on Tuesday named the alleged corrupt councillors and also listed grievances.

They include speaker Cynthia Hlophe, member of the mayoral committee Thulisile Khoza, chief whip Thomas Lubisi and Robert Vilakazi.

"We are passing a vote of no confidence in all the executive councillors, except the mayor," the memorandum said.

"We request that the corrupt officials mentioned in this memorandum step down with immediate effect and our national leadership declare an official investigation."

The forum said Hlophe's company had fenced the Intunda cemetery and that he had pocketed the money provided by the municipality.

The forum also complained that the municipality always appointed "the same companies" at the expense of others that were also on the municipality's database.

"It is even more worrying that the database is now closed and therefore this prevents other companies from tendering for jobs," thememorandum says.

Mayor Mavuso confirmed having received the forum's memorandum but referred all Sowetan's enquiries to municipality spokesperson Cyril Ripinga.

Ripinga, yesterday dismissed the corruption allegations against the councillors as baseless.

"We are saying anyone with proof of the allegations must come forward, he said.

"If anyone knows a councillor who owns a company that is milking the Nkomazi municipality they must bring it (the information) to the attention of the executive mayor."


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